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STATISTICS ON BLACKS AND WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

 


Unemployment Rate of Blacks:

  • 14.8 million Americans are unemployed.1
  • The unemployment rate for Blacks is 16.1%. For the other groups, the unemployment rate is whites (8.7%), Latinos (12.4%) and Asians (6.4%). 2

 

Blacks in Management and Professional Jobs:

  • Despite the diversity efforts made in the last years, Blacks remain in lower-level positions in the workplace. "Whites held 78.3% of all management, professional and related occupations while only 8.3% were held by African-Americans."3 The organization also reported that "91.1% of all corporate officers were white as opposed to 2.6% African-American."4 By the same token, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that 29,627 Blacks were executive/senior level officials and managers out of a total workforce of 50,632,556 in 2008. Yet, 326,438 were considered first/mid-level officials and managers.5

 

  • Ursula Burns is the only African-American women to head a Fortune 500 company. In the past, there have been fewer than ten Blacks who have made it to this level. Today, only a handful of Blacks remain CEOs of major American companies including American Express’ Ken Chenault; Clarence Otis of Darden Restaurants; Delphi’s Corporation Rodney O’Neal; Aetna’s Ronald Williams.

 

  • African-American women "represent 1.1 percent of corporate officers in Fortune 500 companies, a mere 106 African-American women out of a group of 10,092 corporate officers. 4

 

Sources:

1.http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

2. Ibid.

3. http://www.catalyst.cor/publication/356/people-of-color-in-the-us

4. http://www.catalyst.cor/publication/356/people-of-color-in-the-us

5. http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/employment/jobpat-eeol/2008/us/national.html.

 

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